Lord of the Lies: Aleksey Vayner Outdoes Himself

Lord of the Lies: Aleksey Vayner Outdoes HimselfThe Aleksey Vayner saga continues this week, and we’re happy to report: It just keeps getting better. A quick preview of this entry for the Adderall set:

  1. Vayner’s fraudulent investment firm
  2. Vayner’s fraudulent charity
  3. Vayner’s fraudulent book about the Holocaust

Let’s start with his investment firm, Vayner Capital Management LLC. The site is pretty basic — unassuming layout, innocuous graphics, stock photos. But take a look at the text. On the “About Us” page (Google Cache, we love you!), Vayner Capital promises to marshal “expertise,” “agility” and “passion” to all its business dealings. Here’s a sample:

Our people bring a passionate intensity to the way we invest and service our clients. This is especially true in the realm of investment research, where our competitive edge lies in our drive to identify opportunities before they become widely known, to unearth information that others overlook, and to understand the companies in which we invest to the greatest degree possible.

Why does this matter? That paragraph is nearly identical to a section from the web site of Denver Investment Advisors, who also promise “experience,” “focus,” “passion,” and “agility.” Compare here. It’s not clear if Denver knows about the homage, but we’re sure their lawyers would be flattered.

Now let’s turn to Vayner’s charity, Youth Empowerment Strategies — not to be confused, of course with this Youth Empowerment Strategies. Why are there two? Well, we’re gonna break it down real simple: one is real, and the other isn’t.

Vayner’s site has a “Charity Navigator Four Star Charity” logo from Charity Navigator, an organization that ranks good charities and weeds out frauds. We called them this morning. “Oh, we’ve heard of them,” Leonie Giles, a program analyst there, said immediately. They asked Aleksey’s site (which lists a non-existant Manhattan address on its “Donate Another Way” page, btw) to take down the fake “Four Star” logo two months ago, and are considering legal action against them. Giles recommended we contact the freaking Connecticut attorney general.

Vayner lists on his resume his self-published book, Women’s Silent Tears, which he calls a “gendered look at the Holocaust.” You can’t read the whole book online, but you can preview the first few pages. We examined a section on euthanasia, and guess what. The entire passage is lifted from the online Holocaust Encyclopedia. Scan Vayner’s book for yourself here. See the identical passage here.

(UPDATE: Vayner has removed his book from Lulu.com. Real classy.)

So let’s get this straight: Vayner created a fake charity. He named himself CEO of a non-existent investment firm. And he plagiarized a book on the Holocaust.

Forget Rahmatullah Hashemi. Why is Aleksey Vayner at Yale University?!

  • cormac

    Having said this, I can’t help feeling that this is a US-based version of Borat. Surely this is a satirical video, and he is simply demonstrating his skills in creating a media storm? If he is taking the piss, then he’s a genius, and I applaud his sense of humour. If he’s in earnest, then he is a fairly strange fellow.

  • cormac

    Having said this, I can’t help feeling that this is a US-based version of Borat. Surely this is a satirical video, and he is simply demonstrating his skills in creating a media storm? If he is taking the piss, then he’s a genius, and I applaud his sense of humour. If he’s in earnest, then he is a fairly strange fellow.

  • Uzbek

    I’m from Uzbekistan, and I just cannot say something on this guy… what the hell is he doing?! I guess he’s just running a game on us, or maybe just trying to PR himself )) yep, I should try it too ))

  • Uzbek

    I’m from Uzbekistan, and I just cannot say something on this guy… what the hell is he doing?! I guess he’s just running a game on us, or maybe just trying to PR himself )) yep, I should try it too ))

  • Borat

    Are you surprised that so many of the shining stars of wall-street are ivy graduates? Which brand of weed are the ivy admissions officers smoking? After all these exposures, have they changed their admissions policies? Why do you need to be an extreme anything to be a decent student? It is this kind of balls and brawn that has gotten Americans into trouble all over the world today.

  • Borat

    Are you surprised that so many of the shining stars of wall-street are ivy graduates? Which brand of weed are the ivy admissions officers smoking? After all these exposures, have they changed their admissions policies? Why do you need to be an extreme anything to be a decent student? It is this kind of balls and brawn that has gotten Americans into trouble all over the world today.

  • Borat

    Are you surprised that so many of the shining stars of wall-street are ivy graduates? Which brand of weed are the ivy admissions officers smoking? After all these exposures, have they changed their admissions policies? Why do you need to be an extreme anything to be a decent student? It is this kind of balls and brawn that has gotten Americans into trouble all over the world today.

  • Borat

    Are you surprised that so many of the shining stars of wall-street are ivy graduates? Which brand of weed are the ivy admissions officers smoking? After all these exposures, have they changed their admissions policies? Why do you need to be an extreme anything to be a decent student? It is this kind of balls and brawn that has gotten Americans into trouble all over the world today.

  • Stonie

    “LH says:

    2 Things:
    1. The Manhattan address’s only error is the last digit of the zip code. I’m not sure what the building is supposed to be, but 25 East 32nd street does exist. Funny he’d get the zip code wrong, though. ha.

    2. Notice the person listed as the addressee–”Tamara Garber”. Must be his sister or mother, as his last name was formerly Garber. That leads me to believe that the address is real, and if anyone’s donated, it’s gone straight to his pocket. Creep.

    What could Yale do about this? Does it even legally affect them at all? Is any of this a violation of their academic integrity policy? If he goes so far to lie like this, how honest has he been with his coursework and during exams?”

    —————————————
    ….mmmm. Maybe his sister’s in on the fake charity thing. Maybe this is how she financed her “real estate tycoon in the making”

  • Stonie

    “LH says:

    2 Things:
    1. The Manhattan address’s only error is the last digit of the zip code. I’m not sure what the building is supposed to be, but 25 East 32nd street does exist. Funny he’d get the zip code wrong, though. ha.

    2. Notice the person listed as the addressee–”Tamara Garber”. Must be his sister or mother, as his last name was formerly Garber. That leads me to believe that the address is real, and if anyone’s donated, it’s gone straight to his pocket. Creep.

    What could Yale do about this? Does it even legally affect them at all? Is any of this a violation of their academic integrity policy? If he goes so far to lie like this, how honest has he been with his coursework and during exams?”

    —————————————
    ….mmmm. Maybe his sister’s in on the fake charity thing. Maybe this is how she financed her “real estate tycoon in the making”

  • Hmm

    One word: Narcissist

  • Hmm

    One word: Narcissist

  • Obbop

    As a conservative Republican hanging onto every word out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth and an avid supporter of GW Bush and all of the elit class that advocates the invasion of Multi-MILLIONS of illegal aliens in order to keep the wages of the working poor as low as possible I can only support any action that results in personal gain.

    It is how the “game” is played in the USA.

    There is no room for honesty or integrity or being civil and fair to your fellow citizens.

    Look to America’s elite class and corporate structure and to the 4-percent of Americans holding over 80-percent of the nation’s wealth to see how things really work. Vayner is doing nothing that America’s elites haven’t done. The elites just have better public relations people.

    Now, obey your betters, commoners. You are nothing but deluded brainwashed morons.

    Obey or be labeled as unpatriotic and unAmerican.

    Support the status quo that ensures America’s elites retain their death-grip on the reigns of power and their HUGE share of the national wealth.

    Obey.

  • Obbop

    As a conservative Republican hanging onto every word out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth and an avid supporter of GW Bush and all of the elit class that advocates the invasion of Multi-MILLIONS of illegal aliens in order to keep the wages of the working poor as low as possible I can only support any action that results in personal gain.

    It is how the “game” is played in the USA.

    There is no room for honesty or integrity or being civil and fair to your fellow citizens.

    Look to America’s elite class and corporate structure and to the 4-percent of Americans holding over 80-percent of the nation’s wealth to see how things really work. Vayner is doing nothing that America’s elites haven’t done. The elites just have better public relations people.

    Now, obey your betters, commoners. You are nothing but deluded brainwashed morons.

    Obey or be labeled as unpatriotic and unAmerican.

    Support the status quo that ensures America’s elites retain their death-grip on the reigns of power and their HUGE share of the national wealth.

    Obey.

  • Obbop

    As a conservative Republican hanging onto every word out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth and an avid supporter of GW Bush and all of the elit class that advocates the invasion of Multi-MILLIONS of illegal aliens in order to keep the wages of the working poor as low as possible I can only support any action that results in personal gain.

    It is how the “game” is played in the USA.

    There is no room for honesty or integrity or being civil and fair to your fellow citizens.

    Look to America’s elite class and corporate structure and to the 4-percent of Americans holding over 80-percent of the nation’s wealth to see how things really work. Vayner is doing nothing that America’s elites haven’t done. The elites just have better public relations people.

    Now, obey your betters, commoners. You are nothing but deluded brainwashed morons.

    Obey or be labeled as unpatriotic and unAmerican.

    Support the status quo that ensures America’s elites retain their death-grip on the reigns of power and their HUGE share of the national wealth.

    Obey.

  • Obbop

    As a conservative Republican hanging onto every word out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth and an avid supporter of GW Bush and all of the elit class that advocates the invasion of Multi-MILLIONS of illegal aliens in order to keep the wages of the working poor as low as possible I can only support any action that results in personal gain.

    It is how the “game” is played in the USA.

    There is no room for honesty or integrity or being civil and fair to your fellow citizens.

    Look to America’s elite class and corporate structure and to the 4-percent of Americans holding over 80-percent of the nation’s wealth to see how things really work. Vayner is doing nothing that America’s elites haven’t done. The elites just have better public relations people.

    Now, obey your betters, commoners. You are nothing but deluded brainwashed morons.

    Obey or be labeled as unpatriotic and unAmerican.

    Support the status quo that ensures America’s elites retain their death-grip on the reigns of power and their HUGE share of the national wealth.

    Obey.

  • Kate

    He lied, but that doesn’t deserve public crucification. He’s not an elected body and is not in a position of power, so why the vitriol? Kick ‘em while their down! Yeah!

  • Kate

    He lied, but that doesn’t deserve public crucification. He’s not an elected body and is not in a position of power, so why the vitriol? Kick ‘em while their down! Yeah!